U.S.S. Liberty Anniversary
June 8 marks the 39th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, an American freighter that had been used for gathering military intelligence. The attack killed 34 and wounded 173 Americans, a hefty figure when considering the crew only numbered 297. The ship was merely floundering in international waters that sunny day, just 14 miles off the Sinai Peninsula, monitoring the Arab-Israeli War, which was on day #4. Despite the presence of an American flag, Israeli Mystere and Mirage-III fighter bombers still uncorked an array of rockets, cannon fire and napalm. Three Israeli torpedo boats launched five torpedos with one making a 40-foot hole in the side of the Liberty (hole easily seen in photo at right). This blast alone accounted for 26 of the deaths. Within an hour after the attack Israel apologized to the U.S. with the excuse that they thought the ship was Egyptian.
Survivors and even many politicians from that time doubted Israel's attack was a "mistake." It's alleged the U.S.S. Liberty heard things that Israel wasn't happy about us hearing, hence the attack. If true, the bigger story though is why our government covered for Israel while turning American military men into chum.
Apart from a conscious Christian conscience, man's loyalty is to himself no matter what he declares about others.
For more information on this tragedy you can visit these sites below or do a little googling on your own.
Eric Margolis article
USS Liberty - Israeli Pilot Speaks Up